GIVE BACK

Join NHL forward Shawn Thornton as he steps off the ice and fights to improve the lives of those affected by cancer and Parkinson’s diseases.

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

The Shawn Thornton Foundation is dedicated to helping find cures for diseases close to Shawn's heart, specifically, Parkinson's and cancer. The Foundation will work towards this mission by raising awareness, funding innovative research and helping to relieve the burden and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

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Upcoming Events

  • Boston Marathon
    April 18, 2022
    2022 Boston Marathon

    Run for Thorty’s Team in the 2022 Boston Marathon®.   We are currently accepting applications for runners for the in person event   Click here https://charityteamsruns.wufoo.com/forms/mfhydlm1oihxl5/ to apply join the team! Applicants for the in person will be asked to raise a minimum of $7,500. Some...

    2022 Boston Marathon

    April 18, 2022

    Run for Thorty’s Team in the 2022 Boston Marathon®.
     

    We are currently accepting applications for runners for the in person event   Click here https://charityteamsruns.wufoo.com/forms/mfhydlm1oihxl5/ to apply join the team!

    Applicants for the in person will be asked to raise a minimum of $7,500.

    Some of the advantages of being a part of the Thorty’s team include:

    • What you receive for running on our team and supporting our mission
    • Full and personalized 20-week training plan for every level of running with
    • organized group runs throughout the season through CharityTeams.com.
    • Runners will receive fundraising support.
    • Organized point to point long runs on the course with aid station support.
    • Kickoff meeting and pre-race gathering providing COVID guidelines
    • permit.
    • Official Team running singlet to wear race day.
    • Race week festivities (If COVID permits)
    • Unsurpassed team spirit, team organization and runner support.
    • A positive life changing experience and memorable journey of running the 2022 Boston Marathon with Thorty's Team.
  • Falmouth Road Race
    August 15th, 2021
    Falmouth Road Race

    Join Thorty’s Team for the 2021 Asics® Falmouth Road Race®  Help outrun Parkinson’s and cancer. There is no doubt that COVID-19 has changed the way we run for 2020, but we are gearing up for the 2021 Asics Falmouth Road Race on the traditional 3rd Sunday of August 15th. While this date could change, ou...

    Falmouth Road Race

    August 15th, 2021

    Join Thorty’s Team for the 2021 Asics® Falmouth Road Race® 
    Help outrun Parkinson’s and cancer.

    There is no doubt that COVID-19 has changed the way we run for 2020, but we are gearing up for the 2021 Asics Falmouth Road Race on the traditional 3rd Sunday of August 15th. While this date could change, our goal is to move forward with your interest in running.

    In 2021, the ASICS Falmouth Road Race organizers anticipate a hybrid in-person/virtual event due to COVID-19. We cannot guarantee that our runners will be running in-person in Falmouth on August 15th at 9 AM EST. All runners will have the opportunity to participate in the exciting At-Home Edition of the ASICS Falmouth Road Race. If the Town of Falmouth allows, we anticipate the top 30% of our fundraisers earning an in-person entry. Race organizers will have more information on the race format in the coming weeks and months.

    Whether you run on a charity teams in-person or virtual, running for a nonprofit can offer you so much more than just running a race. It can offer you the opportunity to be part of a solution to this crisis by taking care of your own health and helping to raise funds.

    Fundraising commitments 
    $550 for virtual Falmouth Road Race – includes the $50 application fee
    $550 if you have your own bib – includes the $50 application fee
    $1250 minimum for the in-person event includes the $50 application fee

    Team Members Receive:

    • An official race entry either virtual or in-person. In-person entries will be determined based on the field size and fundraising commitment
    • A team jersey to wear race day
    • A personal fundraising web page and online tools that make fundraising easy
    • A training program designed by CharityTeams 
    • Fundraising support and guidance through CharityTeams and your charity
    • An opportunity to make an impact in the community while having fun through running
  • Putts & Punches for Parkinson's Golf Tournament
    August 23rd, 2021
    Putts & Punches for Parkinson's

    The 11th annual Putts and Punches for Parkinson's Golf Tournament will be held August 23rd at Ferncroft Country Club! For the past ten years the Putts and Punches for Parkinson's Tournament has helped raise money for organizations supporting the fight against Parkinson's Disease, including The Shawn Tho...

    Putts & Punches for Parkinson's

    August 23rd, 2021

    The 11th annual Putts and Punches for Parkinson's Golf Tournament will be held August 23rd at Ferncroft Country Club! For the past ten years the Putts and Punches for Parkinson's Tournament has helped raise money for organizations supporting the fight against Parkinson's Disease, including The Shawn Thornton Foundation and the American Parkinson Disease Association.

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ABOUT SHAWN

Originally from Oshawa, Ontario, Shawn began his career in the National Hockey League at the age of 19 as a draft to the Toronto Maple Leafs. After moving to the Chicago Blackhawks for 3 seasons, Shawn made his way to Anaheim where he won his first Stanley Cup Championship with the Ducks. Shortly after, Shawn signed with the Boston Bruins where he was a key player for the black and gold. In 2011, he helped lead the team to a championship season and bring the Stanley Cup back to Boston for the first time in 39 years.

While in Boston, Shawn took on a very active role in the community, becoming a fan favorite of many local residents. He is no stranger to public or media appearances and is extremely involved in the charitable world. He regularly visited local hospitals, sat on the board for a variety of charity events, and was a spokesperson for Athletes for Heroes, a program that supports the children of fallen or severely injured soldiers. In 2009 Shawn received the John P. Bucyk Award which honors the Bruins player who has contributed the most to charitable and community endeavors.

Few players know the difference between playing in the minors and playing in the NHL as well as Thornton. In 2014 he became the third player to appear in 600 NHL games and 600 American Hockey League games and the first to reach that mark in the NHL after first doing so in the AHL. In 2014 Shawn was traded to the Florida Panthers where he continued his role as a team leader both on and off the ice. Shawn finally retired from a 20-year professional hockey career on April 6th 2017. Shawn now works for the Florida Panthers as Vice President of Operations.

After losing his grandmother to a 14 year battle with Parkinson's and hearing the touching stories of so many cancer patients and their families during his hospital visits, Shawn was inspired to take the next step in his charitable efforts. He founded The Shawn Thornton Foundation in 2013 with the mission to help cure life-threatening diseases, specifically Parkinson's and cancer. As the Foundation's President and Director, Shawn works with his board of directors to improve the quality of life for patients and their families through various events and fundraising efforts. Shawn feels extremely fortunate for the support he has received throughout the years and looks forward to continuing to give back to the community that has always supported him.

GIVE BACK

Your donation to The Shawn Thornton Foundation will help fund innovative research, increase awareness and provide quality care for patients and families affected by Parkinson's and cancer.

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Contact

The Shawn Thornton Foundation

C/O City of Boston Credit Union

1 Union Street, 3rd Floor

Boston, MA 02108

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